IEC Centenary Challenge
The IEC is a not-for-profit international organization responsible for the development of International Standards in the total electronic/electrical sector which ranges from microchips to power stations, including computing and telecommunications, and their related services. Its membership and affiliate country programme bring together a total of 132 countries and some 15 000 experts around the world work on its behalf. The IEC, as the sponsor of this initiative, will direct and coordinate the Centenary Challenge working closely with IET (formerly the IEE), IEEE, VDE and The Economist.
IEC has in conjunction with its 100th anniversary issued a challenge to the international academic community. The challenge is to write an article (in English) with the theme "Consideration of the economic, business and social impact of the development and use of International Standards for end-users that any level of business activity." Submitted articles will be judged by a jury and the three best articles will be awarded with prices.
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This initiative is intended to offer the world’s academic institutions a challenge of the highest order. Prizes will be awarded for the best papers and case studies (Submissions) on the subject:
"Consideration of the economic, business and social impact of the development and use of International Standards for end-users at any level of business activity."
Successful societies have flourished by their ability to trade effectively. Trade has always been supported by perceptions of value based on standards of function, quality and performance. These "standards" can either be:
- Explicit or implicit;
- Formal or informal.
Whatever the "business context", whenever a transaction takes place there is always a question of "what are the standards of function, quality and performance being offered?"
During the past 100 years there have been more inventions than in all of the previous history of mankind. This unprecedented technological advancement coupled with worldwide trade liberalization demands close examination of the connection between standards and business development.
The impact of standards and standardization in the political, economic, sociological, technological and natural environments at national, regional and international levels will play a significant role on how business and markets develop.
Note: Click here for an example of the type of business and standards related issues that can be addressed. A print version of this article by Michael Yaziji, Professor of Strategy and Organizations at the IMD Institute in Lausanne , Switzerland was published by the Financial Times of London, UK on 24 June 2005 .
Awards and Judging Criteria
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The following awards (with invitation to receive the award in London ) will be offered:
1st Prize US$ 15 000
2nd Prize US$ 5 000
3rd Prize US$ 2 000
The prize-winning Submissions, together with others considered to be of outstanding merit, will be published in an IEC Commemorative Publication. In addition, the top Submissions will be made available to the combined international memberships of the IEC and the IEC Centenary Challenge partner organizations – the IET (formerly the IEE), IEEE and VDE – of +500,000 academic, technical and business professionals. The winning Submissions will also be distributed and recommended to learned international technical and business journals for worldwide publication.
Executive Review Council (ERC)
Submissions considered to be of exceptional merit will be reviewed by the Executive Review Council for final judging and nomination for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes.
The ERC consists of eminent, distinguished leaders from Government, Academia, Business and the Media and will be, by its composition, representative of the world’s principal industrialized areas i.e. the Americas, Asia and Europe:
Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr.
Director, US National Science Foundation
Dr. Takuo Sugano
Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University and Chairman, Board of Trustees of Toyo University
Prof. Klaus Wucherer
Member of Central Managing Board, Siemens AG
Technology Editor, The Economist Newspaper
All Submissions complying with the IEC Centenary Challenge Rules will be reviewed and judged on the following criteria:
- Demonstration of clear linkage between standardization and business development
Including references to electronic, electrical, and information technology standardization.
Providing a novel and in-depth understanding of the linkage between standardization and business development.
Showing a level of refinement that is of a publishable quality.
- Readability and Clarity
Enabling an audience untrained in the field of standardization or economics to understand the key points being made.
- Sophistication and depth of research
Relating the original finding to the relevant scholarly literature.
While the domain of the IEC Centenary Challenge is not limited to the technical sectors covered by the IEC and its partners, preference will be given to those Submissions that include references to electronic, electrical, and information technology standardization.